New Yorkers can use credit cards to obtain copies of birth certificates, and to renew, purchase, and apply for dog licenses as part of the expanded services offered on ObjectSoft CityAccess kiosks, the company announced Friday.
“No more waiting in line for key government services. The SmartStreet CityAccess kiosks are now fully automated,” said ObjectSoft Chairman David E. Y. Sarna. “The addition of credit card transactions combined with search capabilities makes getting information and services faster and easier than ever.”
While SmartStreet offers thousands of pages of information and services available through CityAccess, program improvements allow users to find what they need in seconds just be typing in a key word or phrase such as “dog” or “Chinese food-Upper East Side.”
Using Microsoft SiteBuilder, and its own software, ObjectSoft’s has made it easier for City agencies to commerce-enable, update or make additions to their own kiosk information directly from their own offices.
“Thanks to Microsoft SiteBuilder and the City’s Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications and the cooperation of other City agencies, we are able to provide the most up-to-date information to kiosk users,” said ObjectSoft Co-CEO and President George Febish.
“This cooperation between public and private sector information providers benefits the government and its citizens,” Febish added.
The addition of these services marks the successful completion of ObjectSoft’s development contract with the City of New York at the budget allotted by the City. The City has advised the Company of its intention to extend the contract through the end of its next Fiscal Year 1999. The Company says it will shift its focus to deployment of kiosks in additional locations. The first site is the Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park of Columbia University where ObjectSoft will deploy its new SmartSign kiosk with Interactive Public Access Terminal. ObjectSoft also expects to deploy at least 10 more within the area.
ObjectSoft also has released, for the first time, comprehensive page usage of the six kiosks it maintains for the City. On average, more than 3,000 people a week use the kiosks for a total of about 250,000 users since they were installed in August of 1996. The average visit is about 2 1/2 minutes long, for about 7.5 pages accessed per each user for a total of around 22,500 pages accessed per week. The most popular services accessed are maps, directions and tourist information. A close second is Department of Health Information, especially that which deals with AIDS and other sensitive issues where users are more comfortable seeking information by computer rather than in person.
As a part of a New York City Kiosk Demonstration Project, ObjectSoft currently maintains SmartStreet(TM) Kiosks at busy municipal government sites in each borough 125 Worth St. in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens Municipal Buildings, the St. George Terminal in Staten Island and the New York Hall of Science in Queens.
SmartStreet(TM) kiosks also provide extensive restaurant, travel and tourism information, including customized maps with directions. An overhead video screen provides a message from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and an introduction to the SmartStreet(TM) program from actor Tony Randall.
Through CityAccess, the kiosks also provide information from the Health Department and the Department of Buildings mainframe computer. Users can get detailed information on city services, including printouts listing publications and locations of hospitals, libraries and other facilities. Recently, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) gave this application an award for Best BackOffice Server Suite Solution.
Separately, ObjectSoft announced that it had completed all of the requirements for its initial contract with King County in Seattle, and has turned the kiosks over to the County, which has accepted them.
Founded in 1990, ObjectSoft is a leader in providing information and Internet-based services and has pioneered secure credit card processing of electronic commerce. ObjectSoft is a publicly held company listed on NASDAQ. For more information on ObjectSoft, visit their website at .
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning ObjectSoft which are subject to a number of known and unknown risks that could cause actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from those described or implied in the forward-looking statements. Among such risks are those discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form SB-2 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-QSB and include, but are not limited to, limited operating history, recent establishment of new business divisions, dependence on new and untested product, risks related to technological factors and potential manufacturing difficulties.Details